CRISTINA Brera Showroom

CRISTINA Brera Showroom

Designed by the Elisa Ossino Studio for CRISTINA Rubinetterie, the Milan flagship store of via Pontaccio features an experiential approach to the discovery of new waterways.

When entering the showroom, launched only over a month ago, the new appears powerfully, establishing an immediate and open communication with the visitor with a high degree of expressiveness. The idea proposed by Elisa Ossino, entrusted with the renovation of interior space (200 sq. m. on two floors in the heart of Brera), was first and foremost focused on the display mode, whereby the tap, viewed as an object, was to be perceived not only from the point of view of materials or aesthetics but especially for the functionality that is implicit in the different flow of the "water matter." Hence the idea of breaking down an aseptic exhibition in favour of an emotional approach is provided primarily by the visitor's interaction with functioning elements. 

Elisa Ossino says: “Together with the company, our idea was to create an extremely materialised housing, in which the vibration of light – to me a fundamental component for a successful project -accompanied the reflection of water. The choice of materials underlines this approach. Hence, the preference of traditional travertine for the washbasins and some vertical surfaces – an element that was “close” to water since antiquity - combined with limestone walls, whose natural contrasting shades are enhanced by the carefully selected finish with the same shade of stone colour, left unpolished as much as possible and with a saw cut or smoothed. While the cocciopesto (Opus signinum) of the floors, chosen after much research and many tests to measure the different granulometry, has a very fine grain that highlights its material effect, placing it in perfect harmony with the space, thus obtaining "a monochromatic box where the vibration of light is given by the alternating natural materials”.

The project unveils equal relevance in the new architectural ideas: “I always look for the centrality of space in my interior design work, in an alternating interplay of solids and voids, of simple and clear volumes. First, I removed the partitions that closed the shop windows: an invitation to enter because from the outside one can already enjoy the spaciousness of the premises and the liveliness that is inside. I only kept a central partition in the shop window to bring the story of a product closer to the public, inserting two arches with waxed iron girders which, as well as giving greater depth to the environment, create a visual telescope that ends in a shower area dedicated to relaxation and wellness with a working shower head, visible also from the outside”. The space is neatly articulated, characterised by four wall niches displaying the most up-to-date and functioning tap series: "almost a pathway" emphasised by the large rectangular suspended travertine basins that serve as large washbasins, like washtubs. “Often a faucet is mainly purchased because of its aesthetic look, a choice that sometimes leads to some drawbacks. This is the reason why we designed an experiential space in which you can move freely, try the products and verify the ergonomics”. 

The lower floor is dedicated to accessories and to complementing the collections. For aesthetic continuity, the design echoes the language of the upper floor, with the use of travertine and washbasins. Ossino, who always tries to extrapolate and exasperate the material’s soul – “if I work with stone, I like to transform it as a light material as a paradox” – affirms the utmost attention, almost an obsession for the shading game of colours of the interiors, able to deeply modify the harmony of the environment. 

On the lower floor, the space is open and dynamic: the wide variety of references (complementing the collections) and kitchen mixers run along the perimeter walls, the latter installed in a stylised space emphasised by the ribbed wood. The rigorous layout is enlivened by the inclusion of two round bathtubs - in front of the wall with the shower range - and four washbasins with freestanding solutions. A circumscribed area is dedicated to the abacus of thermostatic solutions. Here an Antrax radiator – black, geometric, rigorous – shows the Code performances, the new smart system produced by Caleffi S.p.A. which allows regulating the temperature of each home environment remotely through the dedicated smartphone app. 

The furnishings - the two sculptural central tables in solid wood, featuring strong contours and slender edges, and the small meeting table enclosed by sliding glass windows - are all designed by Elisa Ossino herself, except for the Scandinavian-designed chairs. 

Ekinex dealt with the entire space automation management, configuring in a single central system light scenery, night installations, windows, air conditioning and energetic consumptions. 

The showroom rewrites the idea of the exhibition space, where objects contribute to creating an installation, transforming the showroom into a welcoming space, perfect to host events and art exhibitions.

 

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  • Ph Alberto Strada
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  • Ph Alberto Strada
Les événements de la Design Week 2022

Pendant la Design Week 2022, la salle d’exposition CRISTINA Brera a été animée par deux événements passionnants : la présentation des nouveaux produits 2022 et la réalisation de 3 œuvres sur les vitrines.

Deux nouveautés : la série Fractal, design Soo K. Chan, et la colonne de douche xt486, design Naomi Hasuike, ont fait une entrée triomphale lors du Salon international de la salle de bain et dans la salle d’exposition milanaise. Chaque création vient enrichir la gamme de CRISTINA Rubinetterie.

Au même moment, trois étudiants de l’IED de Milan, Paolo Moscheni, Lucrezia « Viperina » Pompa et Margherita Caspani, ont réalisé des illustrations originales en direct sur les vitrines de la Via Pontaccio. Le thème était le voyage de l’eau qui, de sa source aux paysages naturels représentés par Paolo, est filtrée et transformée dans une étrange usine imaginée par Lucrezia, pour enfin conclure son parcours dans nos maisons, en passant par les engrenages extravagants dessinés par Margherita.

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Elisa Ossino signera la nouvelle salle d’exposition de Cristina Rubinetterie à la via Pontaccio de Milan. Sa vision est marquée par une approche qui dépasse l’abstraction formelle des grands espaces d’exposition, qui souvent se limitent à afficher le produit. Elle privilégie un lieu qui fait la part belle aux sensations. Le projet évoque un élan idéal vers la nature et la durabilité dans le choix des matériaux, des textures et des coloris, tout en soulignant le rapport entre les objets et leur fonction. 

« La collaboration avec Cristina est le fruit de cette envie d’aller au-delà des conventions formelles imposées par les espaces d’exposition en privilégiant l’expérience. Le visiteur doit se sentir impliqué grâce à une découverte sensorielle inspirée de la nature de l’eau », explique Elisa Ossino.

Dans le cadre de l'événement Fuori Salone 2021, Elisa Ossino a réalisé pour Cristina In The Works, une installation éphémère à l’intérieur de la salle d’exposition, un projet qui donne un avant-goût de son intervention. Cette structure provisoire, associée à des citations subliminales raffinées rappelant les empaquetages du Nouveau réalisme s'inscrit dans une volonté de mettre en place une sorte de projet ouvert, qui mène du Salon automnal à celui du printemps suivant, et pour lequel Elisa Ossino signera une fois encore, outre les lignes de la nouvelle salle d’exposition, celles du stand pour l’événement. 

« Nous avons voulu raconter les travaux des prochains mois par une narration qui illustre la naissance du nouveau showroom, mais aussi l’évolution du projet pour ce nouveau départ. Un moment à vivre en restant curieux des changements qui apparaîtront au fil du temps, et responsables d’un moment au cours duquel nous réécrivons le concept même d’habiter », conclut Elisa Ossino. 

  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
CRISTINA Rubinetterie presents Foil the new series by Marco Pisati

 

 

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